LCLS-II-HE Installation & Commissioning Manager

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The Linac Coherent Light Source-II High Energy Project is an upgrade to the continuous-wave (CW) superconducting electron linear accelerator and hard x-ray free electron laser (FEL) now under construction at SLAC.  This project will double the electron energy of the accelerator from 4 to 8 GeV in order to extend the tuning range of the FEL from 5 to 20 keV.  The project will also enhance the LCLS hard x-ray instrumentation suite to make use of the enhanced tuning range of the FEL.

LCLS-II has an employment opportunity available for a System Manager to provide oversight and direction to the LCLS-II-HE installation and commissioning scope.  The position reports to the Project Director and carries responsibility and authority for planning, coordinating, and executing the integrated accelerator experimental area installation and subsequent commissioning to ensure the project’s mission and program are met in terms of technical scope, cost, schedule, and resources.

Given the nature of this position, SLAC is open to on-site, hybrid, and remote work options.

Specific Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Development and execution of an integrated installation plan for the superconducting accelerator and experimental beamlines
  • Commissioning planning and execution of superconducting accelerator and experimental beamlines
  • Serve as the Authority for the Installation and Commissioning Systems scope of work,
  • Review of budgeting and schedule planning carried out by Cost Account managers; determining that resources are adequate in quantity and quality to meet Project needs; presentations to the LCLS-II-HE Change Control Board for the installation and commissioning systems areas of the project, determination that appropriate strategies for acquisition are appropriately planned and executed.
  • Assessment of the cost and schedule performance project activities against the plan for work at SLAC, ensuring that progress relative to budget and schedule is understood and correctly reported. Make corrections to the plan as necessary optimize performance.
  • Managing the SLAC Installation and Commissioning Systems staff
  • Authority and responsibility for activities producing a well-defined and functional interface between the LCLS-II-HE Project, LCLS operations and SLAC as a whole
  • Authority and responsibility for safety dimensions of LCLS-II-HE Project work; Direct observation of LCLS-II-HE work and workers; confirmation that Cost Account managers and their organizations are conforming to appropriate standards for safe work; confirmation that SLAC personnel assigned to carry out LCLS-II-HE Project tasks are duly prepared by their management for LCLS-II-HE work; confirmation that WPC is being properly adhered to and that potential hazards associated with LCLS-II-HE systems and work are appropriately identified and mitigated during design, construction commissioning and subsequent operation.

* – Other duties may also be assigned


  • M.S. in engineering, MBA, or Ph.D. in accelerator physics (or equivalent subject matter) plus ten years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Nationally recognized accomplishment and leadership in DOE funded construction projects under DOE order 413.3b.
  • Proven leadership in a project environment providing effective oversight and guidance of operational, management and administrative issues
  • Experience in the planning, execution and management of large scientific projects, and the ability to work to an aggressive but realistic schedule and effectively direct a team to achieve the schedule
  • Technical expertise in commissioning particle accelerator and/or FELs
  • Demonstrated experience leading high performing project and operational teams
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work effectively with funding and oversight organizations
  • Broad and diverse knowledge of project management techniques and methods
  • Strong analytical and computational skills necessary to gather, organize and make well informed decisions
  • Ability to interact at the highest level of management, both internally and externally, in a constructive and collaborative manner and in a way that appropriately represents SLAC
  • Experience working in an environment dedicated to quality, safety and customer service
  • Flexibility to travel and work extended hours when required
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with others.

SLAC Manager Competencies:

  • Results Through Others: Achieves expected results by effectively delegating and managing the work of others.
  • Aligns Priorities: Ensures planning and prioritization of resources and work efforts; ensures alignment of direct and matrix reports to support organizational goals and business plans.
  • Applies Lab Acumen: Maintains understanding of lab efforts and direction as well as current research and trends, considers technology and customer impacts, and contributes relevant, informed ideas to lab growth.
  • Navigates Complexity: Demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making in complex situations; manages a multitude of information and circumstances to discern what is most important; takes appropriate action, even with conflicting data or in difficult situations.
  • Communication:  Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships:  Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.
  • Self-awareness:   Seeks feedback from others and takes ownership of, and actions to address what is learned; recognizes impact on others and adjusts as needed; pursues continuous learning opportunities; implements a meaningful development plan.
  • Team Effectiveness:  Effectively motivates team members and fosters a diverse and collaborative environment; leverages individual members’ strengths for overall team effectiveness; incorporates insights to improve team operations.
  • Purpose & Vision:  Articulates a clear vision of expected outcomes; inspires others to execute work plans and feel a sense of purpose and ownership for the mission.
  • Attracts & Develops Employee Talent: Plans for, attracts, and hires the right talent for current and future organizational needs; operates with a focus on growing internal talent through organizational and staff development; values and encourages continuous growth development through a blend of work experiences, coaching, and formal learning; aligns individual development with organizational needs and objectives.


  • Frequently sit, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation and perform desk-based computer tasks, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh to ten pounds.
  • Occasionally sit, use a telephone or write by hand.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb, twist, bend, stoop, squat, reach or work above shoulders, sort, file paperwork or parts, operate foot and hand controls.

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.  Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

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Classification Title: Research Technical Manager 3

Grade: N

Job code: 4988

Duration: Regular Continuing

The expected pay range for this position is $178,000 to $239,000 per annum. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory/Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

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